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Social Networks in the History of Innovation and Invention

  • Francis C. Moon

Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 22)

Table of contents

About this book

Introduction

This book integrates history of science and technology with modern social network theory. Using examples from the history of machines, as well as case studies from wireless, radio and chaos theory, the author challenges the genius model of invention. Network analysis concepts are presented to demonstrate the societal nature of invention in areas such as steam power, internal combustion engines, early aviation, air conditioning and more. Using modern measures of network theory, the author demonstrates that the social networks of invention from the 19th and early 20th centuries have similar characteristics to modern 21st C networks such as the World Wide Web. The book provides evidence that exponential growth in technical innovation is linked to the growth of historical innovation networks.

Keywords

Clocks Early Aviation and Automobiles First Internal Combustion Engines History of Wireless and Radio Social Networks in History Theory of Machines

Authors and affiliations

  • Francis C. Moon
    • 1
  1. 1.Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7528-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7527-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7528-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-3426
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